What are the common mistakes that people make when it comes to oral health? Oral health is linked to our physical health and mental health. It’s been shown to correlate with a number of different conditions in the body from diabetes to cardiovascular disease to stroke, so it’s something we want to really pay attention to. Sometimes it’s just the little things that make a big difference.
1. Not spending enough time brushing. Spend 30 seconds in each quadrant of the month, and use a timer if you need it!
2. Not storing your toothbrush in a safe, hygienic location. Don’t put it too close to the toilet, for example.
3. Acidic food or drink just before brushing your teeth is bad for your oral health. Wait before brushing.
4. Change your toothbrush every three months or whenever it looks frayed.
5. Don’t brush too hard. If your bristles are frayed, this is an indiction you’re doing it wrong.
6. Brushing just once a day instead of twice. Both morning and night are important.
7. Don’t use the wrong kind of toothbrush. Toothbrushes with very firm bristles can do damage to your teeth and gums.
8. Don’t skip flossing. Around one third of your tooth surface is not accessible to your toothbrush.
9. Not drinking enough water. Water creates a flushing action that keeps your mouth clean.
10. Not keeping up with dental visits, especially preventative visits.